Present ideas for letter/word-obsessed about to be three year old

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Legomania Tue 15-Jun-21 09:50:28

DS2 will be 3 soon and is really into his letters, Alphablocks etc. He really loves the alphabet sets we have, duplo alphabet truck, stacking boxes with letters on, so I'm looking for something new for his birthday.
He's just started to read very short words so anything that at that sort of level would be perfect (ideally not electronic, or single letter recognition as he's a bit past that). Does anyone have any ideas for something like this? I've drawn a bit of a blank!

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Somethingsnappy Tue 15-Jun-21 16:14:06

Scrabble? grin

Sorry, just bumping for you actually, because I'm interested in the replies too.

Noauthorityhere Tue 15-Jun-21 16:20:24

What about an alphabet tracing board? Or a big poster of the alphabet for the wall? maybe one of those books which has really busy pictures and then lists the items and words round the outside, think are called first 1000 words (I have one from the 70s which is incredibly undiverse, but my almost 3 year old loves looking at it - hopefully the modern ones are a bit more appropriate in terms of equality and diversity)

BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz Tue 15-Jun-21 16:22:32

we have this and it's still played with at nearly 10yo

rbe78 Tue 15-Jun-21 16:23:22

Three-piece puzzles that spell words

Jacques wooden letters and word cards

My First Bananagrams (Might be a year or so too advanced?)

Lots of the Orchard Toys games are word-based too.

Hopewaitpray Tue 15-Jun-21 16:23:45

Orchard games had a really nice set of three letter animal words with letters (cow,hen,pig etc) the picture and word are on a piece of card with space to put the correct letters over the top....hope that makes sense! We enjoyed that til we lost half the pieces

CasparBloomberg Tue 15-Jun-21 16:25:24

My kids loved their postman pat postbox and foam letters for the bath. It's only just gone and the youngest is 12!
The letters stuck to the bath when wet to spell words and then they posted into the self draining letter box that stuck the tiles above the bath.


Joolsin Tue 15-Jun-21 16:32:25

We had Junior Scrabble, the letters came in a cloth bag that we could carry round when out and about and just spell out words anywhere. The playing board wasn't used much really!

GrannieD Tue 15-Jun-21 16:49:13

Aldi sometimes have the 3-4 word jigsaws and picture dominoes. DGD love them and can read all of the words at age 3 and 4

Legomania Tue 15-Jun-21 17:12:24

Ooh, thanks all, loads to check out

Bernadette even though we already have a snake version, he would totally love an upright puzzle!

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BiggerBoat1 Tue 15-Jun-21 17:16:21

What about magnetic letters to put on the fridge?

EskSmith Tue 15-Jun-21 17:17:05


Legomania Tue 15-Jun-21 17:20:28

Don't worry, Esk , we also have plenty of those (you've also reminded me of my first Pratchett, thank you)

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Legomania Tue 15-Jun-21 22:20:16


Scrabble? grin

Sorry, just bumping for you actually, because I'm interested in the replies too.


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EskSmith Wed 16-Jun-21 08:14:14

grin. I was being silly however your DS might really enjoy one of those books which names everything on the page like this one:

BlueChampagne Wed 16-Jun-21 13:43:22

Second foam letters for the bath.

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